Markel has appointed John Latham as managing director, regional wholesale operations, who will oversee the company's regional offices located in Virginia, Texas, Arizona, California, Illinois and New Jersey. In addition, he will continue to oversee the southeast region headquartered in Richmond, VA.

Mr Latham has 43 years of experience in the insurance industry and has been with Markel for the past seven years where he has held several leadership roles including president of Markel Re and chief information officer. Previously, he was president and chief executive of Colony Insurance Companies.

Tony Markel, vice chairman of Markel, said: I have every confidence that with John’s strong leadership and extensive insurance experience, he will ensure that our wholesale partners continue to see the success and benefits from Markel’s regional model.

With John’s direction in partnership with the regional leadership team, it will enable us to build even stronger relationships, provide superior service and products, and grow profitably with our partners.